Manchester United’s   Rio Ferdinand lifts the Premier League trophy on   May 12th, 2013 – the last time they were champions.  Photograph:  Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester United: the Lost Decade. If Amazon Prime wants another blockbuster sports series then start production to document what next season will be(...)

United  manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer  and Cristiano Ronaldo. If this season is written off as an extended job search then it should be used as a victory lap for Ronaldo while another home is found for him. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP

The structure must support the manager Manchester United’s Premier League peers have achieved success through different means. Manchester City were p(...)

Germany coach Joachim Loew: ‘If we can be more vigorous up front, we will be able to beat Portugal.’ Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

Germany will need to come up with an attacking plan that can work against Portugal on Saturday after their Group F opening loss to France has put them(...)

These days a club’s playing style increasingly reflects the corporate character of its ownership. File photograph: PA

According to reports, the high-powered meeting between Boris Johnson and Ed Woodward at 10 Downing Street earlier this month was actually a chance enc(...)

 Jadon Sancho’s expected arrival  at Old Trafford means  United have a golden chance to firmly re-establish themselves as a force – but more reinforcements are still required. Photograph: Friedmann Vogel/EPA

Jadon Sancho has 11 England caps. He was in the Bundesliga team of the season at 19. He makes in-game decisions as prescient as a teenage Wayne Roone(...)

The Olympiastadion in Berlin hosted some of the standout moments of the 2006 World Cup. File photograph: Getty Images

The 2006 World Cup wasn’t even a week old when it began to dawn on the fans that the Germans had organised a tournament that touched on perfection. Y(...)

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from football. Schweinsteiger has called time on a glittering(...)

 José Mourinho with  Paul Pogba at Old Trafford: if the 25-year-old’s erratic form continues to be a head-scratcher his manager it becomes a bigger conundrum with each match. Photograph:    Peter Powell/EPA

In Manchester United’s ongoing insipidness under José Mourinho a perfect storm of problems is found. The manager seems to have lost his mojo – momenta(...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s transfer targets were at odds with what Ed Woodward wanted. Photo: Andreas GebertReuters

Manchester United did not follow through with some of José Mourinho’s transfer targets because of misgivings about the players he had identified and a(...)

France midfielder Paul Pogba is among the players who have dominated in the tournament. Photograph: Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has kept busy during the World Cup with a punditry gig on RT (formerly Russia Today). Listening to his analysis, you quickly realise tha(...)

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